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    Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    Over a long period of time I have downloaded programs to the Program Files folder on my hard drive. There are several that I don't know now what they are. Some I can identify when placing the cursor over then but others with only a alphabet/digit designator I can't tell what they are. I hesitate to dbl click on them but would like to find out WHAT they represent. Is there any way to do this? As an example: dd0921.exe OR ES4CLEAR.exe
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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    1. Right-click a .exe file, select Properties, and see if there is a Version tab with information about the program.

    2. Search Google for the name of the .exe file; it's best to place quotes around the name, e.g. "dd0921.exe".

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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    When down loading a file I find that using a "download" folder and then a sub-folder as the program name works the best.

    I would NEVER download a file to the "Programs" folder as this is used for INSTALLED programs.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    Thank you very much. That was exactly what I needed. In the future I'll download as Dave suggested

    This is certainly the most helpful site on the net!!

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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    Hi Pajan:
    I agree with Hans & Dave, but have a suggestion once you find out what they are & where they came from. Take a look at <post#=488216>post 488216</post: > for some tips on keeping track.

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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    I always use such "best practice" step: when I download a program (and save it in subfolder of Download folder) I create a text file in that folder with the same name as downloaded file (simply copying its name from Download - open/sane/cancel dialog) and type a brief description of downloaded file in it. It is better to spare two minutes to create a text file than to waste the time trying to figure out what the heck dd0921.exe is.

    Just create a dd0921.txt file and type "Kodak DC4800 Digital Camera Firmware" in it!

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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    Agreed. Precisely what I do (see <post#=488216>post 488216</post: > referred to above), except that I find it better to rename the file while I'm in the Open/Save/Cancel dialog box. I used to just put the "rename" in parentheses, but I found that I often search for downloaded files by pressing the first letters on the keyboard, so renaming worked out best.

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    Re: Program Files (WinXP Home SP2)

    I go one step further and create a document with a review of the program and screenshots (when available) and place it inside the folder so that I will not only know what it is, but what it's for and how to use it. A bit more time up front, but it saves that much and more later on.
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